Starring: Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven, Danny Huston
Director: Peter Berg
Genre: Action Thriller
When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) quickly assembles an elite team (Oscar winner Chris Cooper and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing.
Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol....and with the clock ticking on their five days....the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms.
Fleury's crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi (Ashraf Barhoum), who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene and the workings of an extremist cell bent on further destruction. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer's front door in a blistering do-or-die confrontation. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won't stop until justice is found in The Kingdom.
Constructing the freeway sequence
Creating the Kingdom - making the film
History of The Kingdom: An interactive timeline
Feature Commentary with director Peter Berg
Review: The Kingdom - a big screen thriller depicting terrorism today The Kingdom looks at the political, social & religious angles of all those involved and portrays Peter Berg's view on the mindset of today's terrorists. The opening scene & closing scene speak larger than words with its tale of retribution with no limits. The Saudi modern day hero (likened to Robin Hood) in the people's eyes, attack a settlement of oil workers & their families at a children's baseball game, then posing as protective guards lure more people to their detonation. The casualties don't stop there as the rescue team arrive and help the injured in a central position, and even larger detonation occurs, while the leader watches from a distance forcing his grandson to witness the carnage.
Although very disturbing, this film is a real eye opener to the lengths terrorism will go to remove all outside influence from their country. Definitely a movie to watch. Be grateful you don't live in the Saudi environment where life has a different value.
Jason Bateman The Kingdom Interview - www.femail.com.au/jason-bateman-the-kingdom-interview.htm
Jennifer Garner The Kingdom Interview - www.femail.com.au/jennifer-garner-the-kingdom-interview.htm